Robin Hood and Sir Guy (Ballad 118)
|Let us leave talking of Litle John,
For hee is bound fast to a tree,
And talke of Guy and Robin Hood,
In the green woode where they bee.
|How these two yeomen together they mett,
Under the leaves of lyne,
To see what merchandise they made
Even at that same time.
|"Good morrow, good fellow," quoth
"Good morrow, good fellow," quoth hee;
"Me thinkes by this bow thou beares in thy hand,
A good archer thou seems to bee."
|"I am wilful of my way," quoth
"And of my morning tyde:"
"I'le lead thee through the wood," quoth Robin,
"Good fellow, I'le be thy guide."
|wilful = astray
tyde = time
|"I seeke an outlaw," quoth Sir
"Men call him Robin Hood;
I had rather meet with him upon a day
Then forty pound of golde."
|"If you tow mett it wold be seene
whether were better
Afore yee did part awaye;
Let us some other pastime find,
Good fellow, I thee pray.
|"Let us some other masteryes make,
And wee will walke in the woods even;
Wee may chance meet with Robin Hoode
Att some unsett steven."
|masteryes = feats of skill
unsett steven =
time not appointed
|They cutt them downe the summer shroggs
Which grew both under a bryar,
And sett them three score rood in twinn,
To shoote the prickes full neare.
|shroggs = bushes
60 rood = appx. 300 yards
the pricke = center of target
|"Leade on good fellow," sayd
"Lead on, I doe bidd thee:"
"Nay by my faith," quoth Robin Hood,
The leader thou shalt bee."
|The first good shoot that Robin ledd
Did not shoote an inch the pricke froe;
Guy was an archer good enoughe,
But he cold neere shoote soe.
|the pricke froe =
from center of target
|The seconde shoote Sir Guy shott,
He shott within the garlande;
But Robin Hoode shott it better then hee,
For he clove the good pricke-wande.
|garlande = ring on a stick
stick that holds the ring
|"Gods blessing on thy heart!"
"Goode fellow, thy shooting is goode;
For an thy hart be as good as thy hands,
Thou were better then Robin Hood.
|"Tell me thy name, good fellow,"
Under the leaves of lyne:"
"Nay, by my faith," quoth good Robin,
"Till thou have told me thine."
|"I dwell by dale and downe,"
"And I have done many a curst turne;
And he that calles me by my right name
Calles me Guye of good Gysborne."
|"My dwelling is in the wood,"
"By thee I set right nought;
My name is Robin Hood of Barnesdale,
A fellow thou has long sought."
|He that had neither beene a kithe nor kin
Might have seene a full fayre sight,
To see how together these yeomen went,
With blades both browne and bright.
|To have seene how these yeomen together
Two howers of a summers day;
Itt was neither Guy nor Robin Hood
That fettled them to flye away.
|Robin was reacheles on a roote,
And stumbled at that tyde,
And Guy was quicke and nimble withall,
And hitt him o'er the left side.
|reacheless = careless|
|"Ah, deere Lady!" sayd Robin
"Thou art both mother and may!
I thinke it was never mans destinye
To dye before his day."
|may = maiden|
|Robin thought on Our Lady deere,
And soone leapt up againe,
And thus he came with an awkwarde stroke;
Good Sir Guy hee has slayne.
|He tooke Sir Guys head by the hayre,
And sticked itt on his bowes end:
"Thou hast beene traytor all thy liffe,
Which thing must have an ende."
|Robin pulled forth an Irish kniffe,
And nicked Sir Guy in the face,
That hee was never on a woman borne
Cold tell who Sir Guye was.
Questions. Make sure you can answer these questions about what you just read:
Languages / Anthropology 3043: Folklore & Mythology.
Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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